Transition Roundup: Changes at Kleinschmidt, Troutman Sanders and Van Ness Feldman

A number of businesses active in the United States’ hydropower sector have announced staffing changes in recent weeks.

In alphabetical order by company:

Kleinschmidt Associates
Kleinschmidt Associates has named Jon Christensen as its new CEO.

Christensen, who had served as interim CEO since November, has been with the engineering, regulatory and environmental consulting firm since 1987, when he joined as a licensing consultant. He has since worked as a senior project manager, and most recently served as chief financial officer for more than a decade.

“I’m honored by this opportunity to lead Kleinschmidt,” said Christensen, whose position was approved unanimously by the company’s board earlier this month. “By focusing on our core clients in the hydropower and water resource industries, and offering more comprehensive services, we can provide employees with meaningful work opportunities and personal growth.”

Christensen holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Vermont with a concentration in labor relations. He completed post-graduate work in Business Administration and Finance at the University of Maine.

Troutman Sanders LLP
Troutman Sanders has announced Charles Sensiba will join its energy practice as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office.

Sensiba has spent much of the past wo decades focused on hydro, with an emphasis on licensing, natural resources and environmental regulatory issues.

“Chuck is highly skilled in all aspects of the regulation of hydropower facilities, including licensing and relicensing, and his practice aligns directly with the needs of our clients,” said Amie Colby, chair of Troutman Sanders’ Energy and Regulatory Department.

Sensiba comes to Troutman Sanders after having previously practiced at Van Ness Feldman. He holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

Van Ness Feldman LLP
Van Ness Feldman has promoted Sharon White, designating her of counsel to the law firm’s office in Washington, D.C.

The law and policy consultant said White is already one of the leaders in its hydropower practice, after a 15-year tenure at Van Ness Feldman in which she has prepared amicus curiae briefs for several U.S. Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court. Additionally, she has represented a score of licensees in challenging annual charges administered through the Federal Power Act.

White has also advised clients on issues related to development and acquisitions, power rates and authorizations, and other regulatory compliance matters.

“It has been a tremendous honor to watch Sharon’s career progress at the firm,” firm chair Richard Agnew said. “She has impressed both electric and hydropower clients with her industry knowledge, legal skills and thoughtful approach to her work.”

White received a J.D. from the Catholic University of America in 2010, a paralegal certificate from Georgetown University in 2004 and a B.A. from the University of Hartford in 2001.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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